IRD and AFD strengthen their cooperation to increase research for development [fr]

Anne Paugam, Chief Executive Officer of the French Development Agency (AFD), and Jean-Paul Moatti, President and Director General of the French Institute for Research and Development (IRD) signed a Framework Partnership Agreement on 15 December 2015. This agreement aims at strengthening cooperation between the two institutions in order to better respond to the sustainable development issues which are on the United Nations 2030 agenda.

The Partnership Agreement, signed for a three-year period, confirms the common interest of IRD and AFD to reinforce the place of research for development in France, in Europe and globally and to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015.

This agreement promotes the implementation of joint actions in different areas: research; the training and improvement of skills; innovation and promotion of the search results, communication and diffusion of scientific and technical culture.

These actions will be taken in priority thematics which are part of the SDGs: food safety, health, water resources, sustainable cities, climate change, oceans and marine resources, desertification and biodiversity. The agreement also supports the realisation of joint projects in cross-thematic issues such as energy, governance, socio-demographic and migratory dynamics. Introduced in 2005, the partnership between IRD and AFD has been strengthening since 2012 with the achievement of numerous actions in research and training*:

  • The “programme Sud expert plantes développement durable” (SEPDD) aiming at improving public policies and the practices in the private sector to protect plants in Southern countries.
  • The ‘programme GeoForAfri’, which aims at reinforcing research capacities and the access to satellite data for the monitoring of forests in Western and Central Africa.


© AFD/ Dominique Fradin
Signature of the Framework Partnership agreement IRD/AFD, by Anne Paugam and Jean-Paul Moatti, 15 December 2015, in the presence of Jean-Marc Châtaigner, Chief Operating Officer of IRD.

*in collaboration with the French Fund for Global Environment

Press release IRD/AFD

publie le 28/12/2015

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